Is reviewed by Joel Watts here. Candida Moss is reviewing it as well and when her work is online I’ll pass along the linkage. And that will be the last mention by me ever of O’Reilly’s worthless ‘Jesus’ book.
To be sure, I value Joel’s review and Candida will doubtless, as she always does, have something bright to say. But for myself, I have neither interest in nor time for persons, dilettantes, like O’Reilly. He isn’t a scholar (so his book holds no interest for me) and he isn’t knowledgeable about the Bible or theology (as anyone who has listened to him is painfully and grotesquely aware). The publisher isn’t exactly known for producing anything theologically substantive nor even anything remotely academic. Ergo, I have no motivation to bother with him (and I’m definitely not going to buy a copy of it and put any money in his pocket).
I equate O’Reilly to the folk who send me, unsolicited, from time to time copies of their books. Books like ‘The Beloved Disciple Was Lazarus and Here’s My 300 Page Proof of It’ and ‘The Shroud of Turin Has Jesus’s Blood On It’ or ‘The Red Heifer Has Been Found and Now the Jews Can Build the Third Temple’ and other such assortments of nonsense which I drop straight into the garbage where they belong.
Accordingly, even if O’Reilly’s book showed up at the post office I wouldn’t review it. I would drop it in the trash. Its native home. I would return it to its womb.
In the words of Luther- Bill, We leave you to your own devices, for nothing properly suits you except hypocrisy, flattery, and lies. And again A natural donkey, which carries sacks to the mill and eats thistles, can judge you – indeed, all creatures can! For a donkey knows it is a donkey and not a cow. A stone knows it is a stone; water is water, and so on through all the creatures. But you mad asses do not know you are asses. And most truthfully of all- This new thing you have devised is the vilest cesspool that the devil has on earth.